“Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening.” ~ Genesis 24:63
Isaac’s evening occupation was very admirable. If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes could learn wisdom, they would find more profitable society and more interesting engagements in meditation than in the vanities that now hold such appeal for them. We would all know more, live closer to God, and grow in grace if we were alone more often.
“For many fell, because the war was of God” ~ 1 Chronicles 5:22
Warrior, as you fight under the banner of the Lord Jesus, observe this verse with holy joy, for as it was in the days of old, so is it now: If the war is of God, the victory is sure. The armies of God could barely muster forty-five thousand fighting men, and yet in their war with the enemy, they captured “a hundred thousand men,” “for they cried to God in the battle, and he granted their urgent plea because they trusted in him.”
(This is a guest blog from Paul Tripp)
I hope that your church pulled out all the stops for a raucous celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Without this historic event, our Christian faith would be worthless. We should absolutely make Easter Sunday the biggest and best on the calendar.
But what are you going to do with Easter for the next 364 days of the year?
We have all been there. We have all struggled. We have all been tempted, and at one point or another, we have given in. Every person alive has purchased something, seen something, said something, heard something, touched something, or even ate something they shouldn’t have. We have all been tempted.
Of course, just like last year, a new year is upon us. It is a new year: A new year to grow in Christ, a new year to write on checks, and a new year for changes. Many people make New Year resolutions and while they are sometimes very good, healthy and beneficial, they often do not last more than a week or two.
During the season that leads up to Christmas, you may have heard of the term Advent or the Season of Advent in various church settings, songs or publications. While the Advent season is celebrated specifically in traditional churches and denominations of a liturgical background, all Christians can heartily celebrate the Principle of Advent.
You may have heard about the recent hot air balloon crash in Texas that killed all 16 aboard. Their lives were tragically ended when tragedy struck and the unexpected happened. One couple on the early morning balloon ride were newlyweds and another person was a preschool teacher. All of the victims had relationships, friends, coworkers and family members who will miss them greatly.
Dan and Ana Jones are missionaries our church supports, and they work and minister in Sonora Mexico. After reading Dan’s newsletter, I thought you would be blessed to read it as well. He issues a very poignant challenge at the end. ~ PD
How safe is the world we are living in today and how does it compare to the way the world has been in the past? Where is safety found and how much should we avoid danger? What is danger?
I just returned from a mission trip to Sonora Mexico and thought I’d share some quick thoughts on missions.
The Great Commission is a command not an option. I heard a long time ago that when it comes to the Great Commission we go, support, or are disobedient. When a person leaves for other nations to share the good and saving news of Jesus, or when a person supports a missionary with finances and prayer, it is fulfilling the great commission. These roles can be for the short or long term. The important thing is that we don’t just have what some have called a “heart for missions” but a “heart of obedience”.
This is a guest author Louie Monteith who is the Pastor of Calvary Chapel Norco in California. I hope you are blessed! PD
Many of us have emergency phone numbers to call in case of an emergency. Beyond 911 there is the doctor, lawyer, plumber, computer tech, etc. But what about when you are in need and you don’t know where to turn in God’s Word?